Therapeutic Coronary Ultrasound Angioplasty in Patients with Symptomatic Coronary Artery Disease

  • Christian Hamm
  • Jacobus Reimers
  • Wolfgang Steffen
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 178)


Balloon angioplasty is the established treatment modality for patients with symptomatic single vessel and selected patients with multivessel coronary disease [1–3]. Technological advances in angioplasty equipment are responsible for the high initial success and low complication rates today. Accordingly, the list of indications for angioplasty was extended to patients with coronary disease previously not considered suitable for percutaneous interventions. However, balloons have limiting shortcomings under certain conditions, for example, in thrombotic, long, ostial, and calcified lesions. Another major drawback is the high rate of restenosis. In recent years new technologies have emerged that are currently not able to replace balloon angioplasty but that may have potential as adjunct devices. The therapeutic application of ultrasound energy has been under investigation for several years and has now reached the stage where it can be used in patients.


Acute Myocardial Infarction Left Anterior Descend Right Coronary Artery Balloon Angioplasty Chronic Total Occlusion 
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  • Christian Hamm
  • Jacobus Reimers
  • Wolfgang Steffen

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